Metal for the 2010s

Top 100 Metal Albums of the 2010s

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Following on from my last post about the Rate Your Music best metal albums of all time, I thought I’d focus on making things a bit more contemporary and relevant to today’s music scene. So I set the limits on the chart system to show me the best metal albums again, but this time from the 2010s, and have added all of these to my Spotify collection. Once again, the list is not set in stone, and will be likely to change a lot more due to its more up-to-date and current nature in comparison with a more ‘rigid’ all-time list. So here are the best 100 metal albums from the 2010s, as they were as of the writing of this post. No embedded or linked playlist this time, since these are now the entirety of my Spotify ‘Your Music’ collection, which at this time is not browsable by anyone else, but you can see the list over at Rate Your Music here.

  1. Deathspell Omega – Paracletus
  2. Vektor – Outer Isolation
  3. Agalloch – Marrow of the Spirit
  4. Gorguts – Colored Sands
  5. Enslaved – Axioma Ethica Odini
  6. Converge – All We Love We Leave Behind
  7. Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats – Blood Lust
  8. Blindead – Affliction XXIX II MXMVI
  9. Inquisition – Ominous Doctrines of the Perpetual Mystical Macrocosm
  10. Elder – Dead Roots Stirring
  11. Ne Obliviscaris – Portal of I
  12. Leprous – Bilateral
  13. Enslaved – RIITIIR
  14. Deafheaven – Sunbather
  15. Haken – Visions
  16. Alcest – Écailles de lune
  17. Thy Catafalque – Rengeteg
  18. Ihsahn – After
  19. Septicflesh – The Great Mass
  20. Gris – À l’âme enflammée, l’âme constellée…
  21. Moonsorrow – Varjoina kuljemme kuolleiden maassa
  22. Deftones – Koi no yokan
  23. Seventh  Wonder – The Great Escape
  24. Esoteric – Paragon of Dissonance
  25. Accept – Blood of the Nations
  26. Ne Obliviscaris – Citadel
  27. Sólstafir – Svartir Sandar
  28. Avatarium – Avatarium
  29. Threshold – March of Progress
  30. Nails – Unsilent Death
  31. Haken – The Mountain
  32. Subrosa – More Constant Than the Gods
  33. Behemoth – The Satanist
  34. Cult of Luna – Vertikal
  35. Be’lakor – Of Breath and Bone
  36. Insomnium – One for Sorrow
  37. Overkill – Ironbound
  38. Woods of Desolation – Torn beyond Reason
  39. Primordial – Redemption at the Puritan’s Hand
  40. Mgła – With Hearts Toward None
  41. Blind Guardian – At the Edge of Time
  42. Cattle Decapitation – Monolith of Inhumanity
  43. Leprous – Coal
  44. Saor – Aura
  45. Triptykon – Melana Chasmata
  46. Àrsaidh – Roots
  47. Midnight – Satanic Royalty
  48. Primordial – Where Greater Men Have Fallen
  49. Blood Ceremony – Living with the Ancients
  50. Triptykon – Eparistera Daimones
  51. Between the Buried and Me – The Parallax II: Future Sequence
  52. Murmuüre – Murmuüre
  53. Galneryus – Resurrection
  54. Carcass – Surgical Steel
  55. Mastodon – Once More ‘Round the Sun
  56. Atoma – Skylight
  57. Deftones – Diamond Eyes
  58. Darkspace – Dark Space III I
  59. Dir en Grey – Arche
  60. Mastodon – The Hunter
  61. Inquisition – Obscure Verses for the Multiverse
  62. Immolation – Majesty and Decay
  63. Satan – Life Sentence
  64. Myrath – Tales of the Sands
  65. Mournful Congregation – The Book of Kings
  66. Omnium Gatherum – New World Shadows
  67. Aquilus – Griseus
  68. The Dillinger Escape Plan – One of Us Is the Killer
  69. Dordeduh – Dar de duh
  70. Summoning – Old Mornings Dawn
  71. Star One – Victims of the Modern Age
  72. Enslaved – In Times
  73. Beyond Creation – The Aura
  74. Panopticon – Roads to the North
  75. Hell – Human Remains
  76. Altar of Plagues – Teethed Glory and Injury
  77. The Ocean – Pelagial
  78. Todtgelichter – Angst
  79. Devin Townsend Project – Deconstruction
  80. Dead Congregation – Promulgation of the Fall
  81. Theocracy – As the World Bleeds
  82. Hell – Curse & Chapter
  83. Ancient Bards – Soulless Child
  84. Nails – Abandon All Life
  85. Symphony X – Iconoclast
  86. Year of No Light – Ausserwelt
  87. Ash Borer / Fell Voices – Ash Borer / Fell Voices
  88. Svartidauði – Flesh Cathedral
  89. Uneven Structure – Februus
  90. Arch / Matheos – Sympathetic Resonance
  91. Ulcerate – The Destroyers of All
  92. Cormorant – Dwellings
  93. Testament – Dark Roots of Earth
  94. Mors Principium Est – …And God Said Live
  95. Cult of Fire – मृत्यु का तापसी अनुध्यान
  96. Soilwork – The Living Infinite
  97. Dragonland – Under the Grey Banner
  98. Ufomammut – Eve
  99. Blindead – Absence
  100. Insomnium – Shadows of the Dying Sun

I hope you are turned on to some excellent releases through this list. There are a few that aren’t available on Spotify, but these are generally available with a quick search on Bandcamp or Youtube if you’re curious to check them out. Otherwise, the (nearly) full list of albums makes for a truly excellent, and contemporary, shuffled listening experience. Not to mention an excellent collage of album covers…

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Weekend List: Relapse at 25

Lists to check out over the weekend

Welcome to a new feature, where every weekend I’ll be uploading a list of albums from a publication or website, which I hope leads to some interesting discussions. If there’s one thing I’ve learned in the last decade and a half, it’s that us metal fans love a good list.

Relapse Records has been one of my favourite record labels for heavy music ever since I can remember. In particular, my favourite independent record store in Glasgow used to have an excellent selection of heavy music on one side of the shop, and within that they at one point had a section devoted entirely to Relapse releases. I remember fantasising about owning all of the CDs not just in that section, but in the whole Relapse catalogue, some day. And I gave it a good crack back when I spent all of the money I had (and didn’t have) on buying records – the very concept of Spotify would have actually been somewhat incomprehensible in those innocent days of the early 2000s.

This weekend’s (multiple but short) lists come from the latest issue, #257, of Terrorizer magazine, for which I have a digital subscription that I certainly get my money’s worth for £2.99 an issue. This most recent issue has an excellent extended feature on Relapse Records as they celebrate 25 years of putting out some of the best music around, and Terrorizer have put three lists together (The Old School, The New Breed, and 10 Forgotten Classics) to highlight some of the gems from one of the most rich and varied catalogues imaginable. I’ve put these together in Spotify playlists to accompany this post.

The Old School

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  1. Incantation – “Devoured Death” from Onward to Golgotha (1992)
  2. Disembowelment – “The Tree of Life & Death” from Transcendence into the Peripheral (1993)
  3. Amorphis – “Black Winter Day” from Tales from the Thousand Lakes (1994)
  4. Neurosis – “Aeon” from Through Silver in Blood (1996)
  5. Brutal Truth – “Blind Leading the Blind” from Kill Trend Suicide (1996)
  6. Today Is the Day – “The Man Who Loves to Hurt Himself” from Temple of the Morning Star (1997)
  7. Nasum – “The Masked Face” from Inhale/Exhale (1998)
  8. The Dillinger Escape Plan – “Abe the Cop” from Under the Running Board (1998)
  9. Nile – “Smashing the Antiu” from Amongst the Catacombs of Nephren-Ka (1998)
  10. Agoraphobic Nosebleed – “Die and Get the Fuck out of the Way” from Honky Reduction (1998)

The New Breed

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  1. Inter Arma – “The Long Road Home” from Sky Burial (2013)
  2. Windhand – “Feral Bones” from Soma (2013)
  3. True Widow – “Creeper” from Circumambulation (2013)
  4. Pyrrhon – “White Flag” from The Mother of Virtues (2014)
  5. Nothing – “Dig” from Guilty of Everything (2014)
  6. Mortals – “Devilspell” from Cursed to See the Future (2014)
  7. Myrkur – “Ravnens Banner” from Myrkur (2014)
  8. Usnea – “Lying in Ruin” from Random Cosmic Violence (2014)
  9. Anatomy of Habit – “Radiate and Recede” from Ciphers + Axioms (2014)
  10. Primitive Man – “Loathe” from Home Is Where the Hatred Is (2015)

10 Forgotten Classics

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  1. Anal Cunt – Morbid Florist (1993)
  2. Exit-13 – Ethos Musick (1994) [on Spotify as part of the compilation High Life!]
  3. Mindrot – Dawning (1995)
  4. Abscess – Seminal Vampires and Maggot Men (1996)
  5. Nightstick – Blotter (1997) [not available on Spotify]
  6. Morgion – Among Majestic Ruin (1997) [not available on Spotify]
  7. Soilent Green – Sewn Mouth Secrets (1998)
  8. Burst – Origo (2005)
  9. Buried Inside – Spoils of Failure (2009)
  10. Cripple Bastards – Nero in Metastasi (2014)

Enjoy, and let me know what you think in the comments!